The North West government in South Africa has begun evacuating people living along the Bloemhof Dam and Vaal River banks despite some evacuees fearing for the safety of their properties. This, News24 reports, as the Bloemhof Dam is full beyond its capacity and the national, provincial, and local governments fear a catastrophe once water floods Bloemhof and neighbouring Christiana. Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, meanwhile said that “releases [from the Bloemhof Dam] will be increased to 1 400 cubic meters per second with a great possibility of further increases later,” warning downstream communities of huge increases expected in the system over the next few days.
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